LSU is on the verge of doing something the school will regret for years to come, and that’s firing football coach Les Miles.
Not only is this a foolish football decision, it’s also a foolish financial decision since the school would have to conduct a buyout worth approximately $15 million.
Yes, LSU is not having the season they expected to be having. Three straight losses to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss is tough to swallow, but there’s no chance the Tigers can do better than what they’ve gotten and continue to get from Miles.
Other than Alabama coach Nick Saban and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Miles is probably the third best coach in the country. So unless Saban or Meyer is coming along, LSU will without a doubt be regressing exponentially at the head coaching spot.
Miles is arguably the best coach in school history, followed closely by Saban, has the highest winning percentage of any coach in program history (.775), is second all-time in wins at LSU (his 110 victories are 27 behind Charles McClendon), led the Tigers to a national championship in 2007 and another appearance in the title game following the 2011 season.
As great as all of these stats are, the most important one may be that LSU currently has the No. 1 recruiting class for 2016. Miles is an elite recruiter who has coached the likes of Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Peterson, Leonard Fournette, Tyrann Mathieu, LaRon Landry, Dwayne Bowe, Jarvis Landry and Glenn Dorsey, just to name a few. I dare you to find me a coach that has developed more quality talent than Miles.
His Achilles’ heel though has been finding a quarterback who can get the job done, but let’s not act like he’s never had a good quarterback. It’s just been particularly bad over the past couple of seasons. Miles has coached JaMarcus Russell who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft (albeit a bust), Matt Flynn, and Zach Mettenberger.
Compared to other schools around the country, that’s actually a pretty solid group of quarterbacks to come out of one school.
But the ultimate reason why LSU is contemplating firing Miles is because they’re fed up with losing to Saban. The easy response is to that is to join the club. Saban is one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football, and firing Miles because he struggles against one of the all-time greats is laughable.
The bottom line is Miles has raised the bar so high that when LSU doesn’t win a national championship, the season is looked at as a complete failure. Miles played a large role in that becoming the expectation at LSU and that should count for something.
What needs to happen at LSU is the boosters need to sit back, and examine exactly what they’re trying to do here before making a horrendous mistake.